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Academics put Huish students aiming for top universities through their paces

Posted on 5th October 2017

Dr Tony Davis with Mike Crilly

Dr Tony Davis with Mike Crilly

Academics and professionals from top universities and organisations put 50 Richard Huish College students through their paces at a mock interview.

The Huish students have all made UCAS applications to institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge University across a range of subjects. Facing tough competition for places at such establishments, the College arranged for eminent academics drawn from various backgrounds including Mathematics, Law, Science, Computer Science, Classics and English, to help prepare our students for their forthcoming university interviews.

The academics, all of whom gave their time for free, came from the University of Exeter, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the University of Bristol. Professionals, who previously attended high-ranking universities, from a range of local employers, also made up the panel.

The Temple Methodist Church kindly opened up their office space to the Huish students to create a formal setting for the interviews. This is the fourth year the event has been organised and was part of the College programme which supports students through the rigorous university application process.

Richard Jones, Careers Officer at Huish, said: “The students felt that it was incredibly worthwhile in preparing them for what is a very selective and demanding process. It gave them the opportunity to engage with an academic in their chosen field and receive a critique of how they performed so that they can improve for the real thing.”

The student’s real university interviews are likely to start in early December.

Dr Tony Davis, retired medical teacher and graduate of Cambridge University with Huish student Mike Crilly who hopes to study computer science at the University of Oxford.

Dr Tony Davis, retired medical teacher and graduate of Cambridge University with Huish student Mike Crilly who hopes to study computer science at the University of Oxford.

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